Police in Texarkana say claims made in a video circulating on Facebook by a man who says he has infected more than 30 women in the city are not believed to be legitimate, but anyone who believes they are a victim is asked to come forward.
In the minute-and-a-half-long video, a man with his head and face covered says, "Hi, my name is Joe and I'm from Shreveport. I have infected many women in Texarkana." "Joe" proceeds to list more than 30 names. Some are full names, some just first names, some are nicknames.
He finishes by saying "You ladies need to go get yourself checked. Just because I make it rain in the club doesn't mean I don't have AIDS. You hos gave me the package so I returned the favor. Wrap it up, b----es."
The term "package," in this context, is said to be slang for giving someone the AIDS virus.
According to Texarkana, Texas Police Department spokesman Shawn Vaughn, police did receive a call Thursday from a concerned citizen who had seen the video. However, Vaughn says, no victim has yet to come forward, and further investigation revealed that "there was nothing to it."
Vaughn says the motivation for the video is believed to be an act of retaliation by the man, who was angry with the women.
Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department Public Information Officer Kristi Mitchell says, "At this point, we are being told it is a hoax." However, Mitchell says, they are "cautiously investigating at this time." She declined to say whether police had identified the man in the video.
While the claims made in the video are not believed to be true, Both Mitchell and Vaughn say that if anyone named in the video believes that they may have been purposely exposed to HIV/AIDS or a STD, they should report the crime to the police department where the exposure would have taken place.
Depending upon the circumstances, a person could be charged with a felony if it is discovered that he or she did purposely expose someone else to a dangerous disease.
At least one version of the video making the rounds on social media has been shared more than 4,400 times since it was posted on the evening of May 7. Attempts to reach the person who posted that video have gone unanswered.
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